New International Version
"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
King James Bible
And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
Darby Bible Translation
And the governor said, What evil then has he done? But they cried more than ever, saying, Let him be crucified.
World English Bible
But the governor said, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they cried out exceedingly, saying, "Let him be crucified!"
Young's Literal Translation
And the governor said, 'Why, what evil did he?' and they were crying out the more, saying, 'Let be crucified.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What evil hath he done? - Pilate plainly saw that there was nothing laid to his charge for which, consistently with the Roman laws, he could condemn him.
But they cried out the more - What strange fury and injustice! They could not answer Pilate's question, What evil hath he done? He had done none, and they knew he had done none; but they are determined on his death.
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LibraryThe Blind Watchers at the Cross
'And sitting down they watched Him there.' --MATT. xxvii. 36. Our thoughts are, rightly, so absorbed by the central Figure in this great chapter that we pass by almost unnoticed the groups round the cross. And yet there are large lessons to be learned from each of them. These rude soldiers, four in number, as we infer from John's Gospel, had no doubt joined with their comrades in the coarse mockery which preceded the sad procession to Calvary; and then they had to do the rough work of the executioners, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
1 Samuel 20:32
"Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.
"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."
Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.
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